Posts Tagged 'Health Care'

Quote of the Week (Maybe the Month)

“It’s like debating the difference between aspirin
and Tylenol for a cancer patient.”

— Dr. David Himmelstein, when asked about the health care reform bills in Congress

Dr. Himmelstein is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who he helped write major studies finding that medical bills were a leading contributor to personal bankruptcies in the United States.

Read the whole article in the New York Times here.

And for more on health care, visit my client Dr. Gregory Jackson’s blog, “Reality Check: How to Live Better Longer.”

#18: Caity’s Miraculous Health Report

This has been a tough one to  write about, but we had a big health scare this month. We feared that my 17-year-old niece Caitlyn had a rare, aggressive form of breast cancer. Fortunately, she ended up going to the Mayo Clinic, where she had the best care EVER!

Caity sailed through surgery yesterday. It turns out that she had a freakish BENIGN fibroid that had all of the doctors baffled. Even the surgeon admitted afterward that she was completely surprised; she was convinced she would find something much more problematic.

Because the removal ended up being much simpler than expected, even though the cyst was enormous, they were able to do reconstruction right then and there, so Caity doesn’t have to do a follow-up surgery.

Caity is resting comfortably — well, as comfortably as she can at the moment — at the hotel with her family. and they’re waiting for the final pathology reports before heading back to Iowa, probably tomorrow.

Caity has been one brave soul throughout this — well beyond what you’d expect from a typical teenager. I know she was held up by a tsunami of good thoughts and prayers from all over the country. This took such an unexpected turn that I like to think that all played a huge role. So thank YOU to all our friends and family everywhere.

Meet Dr. Greg Jackson

One of my favorite clients is Dr. Greg Jackson, a San Antonion family-practice physician who’s writing a book on how patients can be more active in preventive health care (disclaimer:  I’m serving as his ghost writer!). We just started “Live Better Longer,” a new blog where we’ll be posting short pieces from the book and useful tips we all can use when considering our health options. First up are pieces on saving money on certain procedures, Dr. Greg’s Check-up Checklist, and his take on how doctors should think. Check it out!



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